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Raptor of the Week: Tyrone Rucker

Monday, November 29, 2004

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

Tyrone Rucker (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken)

Senior guard Tyrone Rucker collected a team-high 19 points in the Scarlet Raptors’ 75-65 loss to Richard Stockton Nov. 23, shooting 7-for-14 from the floor, including 5-for-8 from three-point range. Rucker, who leads the team in scoring (17.3 ppg) after three games, opened the season earning a spot on the all-tournament team at the Dr. Kleppinger Tip-Off Classic at Alvernia College Nov. 19-20.

Tues., Nov. 23 Richard Stockton College 75, Rutgers-Camden 65

Wed., Dec. 1 Rowan University 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 4 at Ramapo College 3 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 6 at Widener University 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 8 The College of New Jersey 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 11 vs. Medgar Evers College (at Lehman College) 2:15 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 30 at La Roche College 6 p.m.

Senior center Brian Hiltner scored 13 first-half points, including eight straight to bring Richard Stockton College from a three-point deficit to the lead for good in the first half, and the Ospreys went on to defeat Rutgers-Camden, 75-65, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game Nov. 23 in Camden.

The game was the only action of the week for the Scarlet Raptors.

With the Raptors holding a 26-23 lead, Hiltner scored the last five points of his personal eight-point run, giving Stockton a 28-26 lead on its way to a 36-29 halftime advantage.

The Ospreys stretched the gap to 17 points in the second half (63-46) before Rutgers-Camden made a run. The Raptors cut the deficit to 63-52 with 5:52 remaining, and then went on a 6-2 run to make it 65-58 before the Ospreys closed out the game.

The Ospreys have won 40 straight games over the Scarlet Raptors. Rutgers-Camden hasn’t won a game in the series since a road victory, 84-79, Jan. 25, 1984.

Hiltner finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots, all game-high totals. Teammate Tobias Smith, a junior forward, added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, while senior guard Jose Rodriguez had 10 points and four rebounds.

Freshman guard Mario Lancioni had a game-high seven assists and added eight points and five rebounds for the Ospreys.

For the Scarlet Raptors, senior guard Tyrone Rucker (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken) notched 19 points, including 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range. Sophomore guard/forward Dane Nicholson (Pleasantville, NJ/Holy Spirit) had 13 points and a team-high four assists.

The Raptors also received eight points and eight rebounds from freshman forward Ryan Evans (Medford, NJ/Shawnee), while junior forward/center Josh Kennedy (Westmont, NJ/Haddon Township) added eight points and seven rebounds.

Tues., Nov. 23 Richard Stockton College 78, Rutgers-Camden 30

Mon., Nov. 29 at Montclair State University 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 1 Rowan University 6 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 4 at Ramapo College 1 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 6 Goucher College 6 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 8 The College of New Jersey 6 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 8 at Lehman College 12 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 14 at Cabrini College 6 p.m.

Senior forward Takisha Pride scored 17 points and tied her career high of 14 rebounds, and sophomore guard Jenna Shenk notched a career-high 15 points to power Richard Stockton College over Rutgers-Camden, 78-30, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game Nov. 23 in Camden.

Stockton, which defeated the Raptors twice during the 2002-03 season, owns a four-game winning streak in the series.

The 48-point loss was the Lady Raptors’ worst defeat since a 112-41 loss at Rowan University Jan. 12, 1999.

Stockton grabbed a 31-18 halftime lead behind a balanced attack led by Pride and sophomore forward Alicia Morris who notched seven points and 11 rebounds apiece. Sophomore guard Kelly Stafford (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester) had all of her team-high seven points in the first half for the Raptors.

The Ospreys opened the game up in the second half as they out-rebounded the Raptors, 53-24, led by Pride and Morris with 14 apiece.

Morris finished with nine points for Stockton, which placed 11 players in the scoring column.

Junior forward Sarah Thorpe (Millville, NJ/Cumberland Regional) notched a team-high five rebounds for the Raptors.

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